Of course, I didn’t expect my life at KAIST to be as exciting and romantic as the Korean university life often portrayed in mass media — cherry blossom-colored campuses of rainbows and unicorns, exciting MTs and OTs, exhilarating freshman life, and so on. But even then, life at KAIST also isn’t so m
"Just do as much as you can. Don’t worry or stress too much,” is what my mom told me as she hugged me last at the airport four years ago. While extremely excited about seeing me fly to Korea to attend KAIST, there is no doubt that she was worried. In the first four months of 2011, four KAIST student
In 1977, a science-fiction movie called Star Wars was released in only 40 theaters in the US. Initially meant to be a small passion project of director-writer George Lucas, it soon became the highest-grossing movie in the world and spawned two sequels, along with a sizable, passionate fanbase.More t
It’s Friday night, and I walk out of the club searching for my friends. I usually know where they are, but several shots of tequila have hindered my ability to follow them. Wandering around Dunsan-dong, I get a message from one of my seniors: “COME QUICK TO GS25”. There are many convenience stores n
From the frozen pitches in Tampere, Finland to the massive old stadiums of Buenos Aires, Argentina, football leagues have special games few times every season. These are the moments when fans chant louder than usual, players cross the field at higher paces, and pressure reaches its peak. You might t
In terms of music, last year was a good one. Two songs I will hold onto dearly for years to come, “Freely” by Kwak Jin-eon, and “Bridge” by Baek A, were released within it. When “Bridge” first came out, I couldn’t help but listen to “Freely” right after. The two were reminiscent of each other. The l
I will be honest. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve joked — if you could call it that when, at best, all I got was a chuckle — about Daejeon’s motto being simply “It’s Daejeon”. It is as if that’s all they could say about the city. And, for a long time, that’s truly what I thought as well:
Celebrities, being often looked up to, have always influenced pop culture. Pop culture in Korea is a particularly interesting case. Being such a small country with a unique native language, there are far fewer people involved compared to pop culture in the West. Trends therefore spread and circulate
May is the month of family here in Korea, with Children’s Day on the fifth and Parents’ Day on the eighth. As I gave my parents a bouquet of carnations for Parents’ Day, I hoped that, one day, I will be able to confidently raise my hand and proclaim that I have no regrets.
“Americanization” originally referred to the influence of American culture on immigrants in the 1900s, who accepted and conformed to it. In the present day, the word may apply to the rest of the global population, most of whom have never even set a foot in the USA. From food, film, fashion, music, and even language being largely accepted as the means of global communication, it does not take a genius to notice how “mainstream” it is to be “Americanized”.
In the basement of the K Museum of Contemporary Art (KMCA) lies its latest exhibition stylishly titled “Museum Therapy: Dear Brain”. Relaxing your brain through audiovisual stimuli is the purported intent, advertised with colorful photo spots and meditative background music. Unfortunately, my brain did not enjoy the experience.
The Black Skirts, a Korean indie rock band with singer-songwriter Hyu-il Jo as its only member, came back on February 12 with a new album, THIRSTY. As the second part to the artist’s “love trilogy”, which aims to explore the different aspects of what one may define as love, the 12 songs focus on the “shameless and grotesque” side of affection.
The Korean War is a fresh piece of history for Koreans that only adds a chapter each day. As such, this 65-year-old frozen conflict has been the subject of various forms of media, with the film industry carving out an entire genre for itself.
Cinematic universes are like mankind’s search for a maritime route to India. People just found the amazing spice of cinematic universes, and now producers and directors are racing to find the sea route that will be their Cape Route.